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2016 White Birch Bookstore Events

We have a great series of book store events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

The Finest Hours:   Thursday, October 27th, 7pm

This year’s book for One Book One Valley will be The Finest Hours:

The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.
Author Michael Tougias will speak and answer questions at Loynd Auditorium, Kennett High School. The program will be followed by a book signing.

Our vision: Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley is successful because of you, the individual reader, and YOU, our community of readers, coming together.

The book describes the simultaneous rescue missions for two oil tankers, each of which split in two during a severe winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. It is a fast-paced, thrilling read, and it comes in a young reader’s version as well as the original adult edition. A feature film based on the book was released in theaters in January 2016.


NOT FOR SALE: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse

  Cold River Radio Show live at Theater in the Woods. Tickets are $25 on sale at White Birch Books, call 603-356-3200.
Sunday, November 6, 7:00pm

The Cold River Radio Show is a quintessential old-time radio show featuring exclusively New England based artists, performers, authors and storytellers. We’re selling tickets at the store and we’ll be selling books at the show for author Kevin Hancock of Hancock Lumber, who will be talking about his new book, Not For Sale along with Storyteller, Fred Marple, and his book Welcome To Frost Heaves.

NOT FOR SALE: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse is a unique iconoclastic memoir that traces one businessman’s journey deep into Indian country, and even deeper into his own soul. In a 24/7 internet- wired world consumed with roles, responsibilities, and external accomplishments, Kevin learns to look inward for meaning and purpose. Through a series of successive, solo trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Kevin learns the following powerful lessons: We all come from a tribe, and while the pull of the past is strong, the soul is here to individuate.

Kevin Hancock is the President of Hancock Lumber Company. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber operates ten retail stores and three sawmills that are led by 460 employees. Kevin is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. Kevin is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals within a company or a community such as Pine Ridge through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.

WELCOME TO FROST HEAVES is a humorous collection of stories and news from the imaginary town of Frost Heaves, New Hampshire, culled from the performances of the author on his Prairie Home Companion-like variety show of the same name. In each show, the author’s character, Fred Marple, tells a story about the imaginary characters that live and interact in Frost Heaves, and the lessons they learn from their often hilarious capers.

Singer, songwriter, and humorist, Ken Sheldon (aka Fred Marple) leads his merry bunch of Yankee comedians in a popular variety show of the same name, revealing all that is wacky and wonderful about New England. The self-proclaimed Garrison Keillor of New Hampshire writes regularly for Yankee magazine. This is his first book.

AVARICE   Author Afternoon with Philip Soletsky
Saturday, November 12, 1:00pm

Philip Soletsky will be at the bookstore for what is sure to be a very thrilling discussion about his latest book, AVARICE and his firefighter mystery series featuring volunteer firefighter, Jack Fallon and signing copies.

AVARICE is about Money. Jason had it until his company imploded. Now he’s out of a job, stuck with a house he can’t sell and saddled with debts he can’t cover. He needs money. A lot of it. Then he is given a chance at what looks like easy money, too easy. The question is, what is he willing to do to get it? Lie? Cheat? Steal? Kill? The answers surprise even himself.

Philip Soletsky holds a PhD in physics and has served fourteen years on the Brookline, New Hampshire Fire Department. He has published four firefighter mysteries, and several short stories including the Jack Fallon short Sweet Stash in “Live Free or Die, Die, Die” a New Hampshire themed mystery anthology from Plaidswede Publishing. His most recent novel is a crime thriller entitled Avarice.

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Wednesday, November 16, 6:30pm

Howard will be at the bookstore for what is sure to be an interesting discussion about his book, SHEDS and signing copies.

“A shed is the shortest line between need and shelter,” writes Howard Mansfield. Drawing on material from his recent book, Mansfield explores the different types of sheds found around New England and beyond: covered bridges, barns, worksheds, “worship sheds” (meeting houses), extended farmhouses, bob houses for ice fishing. In lyrical style and supported by photographs by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, Mansfield shows the connection between the design of these structures and their roles in our lives. “Sheds are like our lives—not the grandest building or the most graceful. Sheds are ordinary—and in that they are exalted.”

Anyone who has ever traveled the back roads of America will enjoy this beautifully photographed exploration of simple, useful structures.
Howard writes about history, architecture, and preservation. Author of The Same Ax, Twice, The Bones of the Earth, In the Memory House, Turn and Jump, and Dwelling in Possibility, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife, the writer Sy Montgomery.

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Saturday, November 19, 2pm

Eric will be at the bookstore for a Storytime, discussion and book signing of his latest children’s book HOW TO BUILD A SNOW BEAR. He will also be sharing his book HOW TO SHARE WITH A BEAR and we will have some fun treats for the kids to go along with Eric’s bear theme!
Eric Pinder still wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. In the meantime, you can often find him riding his bike or hanging out with bears in New Hampshire. Eric’s books for children include If All the Animals Came Inside and How to Share with a Bear, and he also has written several books about mountains and weather for adults.

A lifelong interest in science and nature led Eric to work for seven years atop the snowy, windswept summit of Mount Washington, the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” His experiences there inspired his first book for children, Cat in the Clouds. After the leaving the mountain, he taught for many years at a small arts college in the woods: Chester College of New England.

Today, Eric teaches creative writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, and often visits schools and libraries to share stories about the writing life, books and animals. He holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Despite the fact that bears appear in almost every book he’s ever written, his favorite animal is actually a giraffe. Or maybe a stegosaurus.

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Friday, November 25, ALL DAY!

Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store "Black Friday" and is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays.

So be sure to stop by and notice our staff's plaid attire for a 10% discount or receive 20% off when you dig out your own plaid garb: kilts, scarves, hats or socks and wear it proudly into our store!

Saturday, November 26, ALL DAY!

Show your love for small businesses and keep your dollars local! Celebrate creativity, diversity and independent stores with us at White Birch Books in North Conway Village.

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